Vormator: The Elements of Design is a new concept-book published by Zeptonn & Booreiland. 80 designers were asked to create artworks using the same 8 simple shapes. No other elements were allowed, and the results are really amazing. The book is a hardcover 192-pages of designs and commentary from each participant. My "Great Design Does Both" is pictured above, a witty attempt at showing how design can "look good" and "get the message across". Order Vormator Book.
Nature is always an easy and honest place to look for inspiration. Over the weekend I filled my camera with photos of various colors and textures from our hike around Acadia's tidal pools and coastline. My plan is to create a massive library of natural textures, and then create an "Organic Vectorfunk" Series of work that incorporates these photos. More on that soon. Click-Zoom for macro-details.
The homies at Format Magazine commissioned me to design their new promo flyer. We went for a clean layout, with shattered vector geometry, and fun colors. In the past two years Format has swiftly become one of the top "Fashion/Kicks/Art/Design/Graffiti/Toys/Music/Culture" Magazines. New issues twice a month, tons of daily updates, and a solid cast of contributors and bloggers. Definitely a "daily visit" website. Hook up a bookmark and stay tuned. Viva Format! Click-Zoom.
Looking through my old photo albums of artwork is bittersweet. I'm glad I documented my work from the past ten years, but most of the images that were too big to scan are sub-par. Pretty much everything I have a photo of from Pre-2k was shot on a FunSaver camera, at a horrible angle to avoid flash burns. Really only good for me to remember the art, no publisher would go near those photos. In the past few years I got better with my archives, but still not good enough. So, a couple of weeks ago I decided to step my game up. I got a snazzy new camera, a tripod, and quality lighting rigs for my studio. From here on out it is going to be pro-quality photos and a proper archive.
Over the summer I worked with MAXALOT from Amsterdam on a mega-wallpaper collection. The series is now available for order online and in their new catalog. These guys take custom interiors to the next level. It is an honor to be a part of their new line! For this series we went with monochromatic palettes that will blend well with contemporary homes and modern architecture. It is also possible to customize these designs for specific environments and color palettes. MWM X Maxalot Collection.
The good folks from WeJetSet asked me to gather some photos from my 2008 travels and speak about fun memories and things that inspired me from each trip. Everything from a proper English Breakfast in London, street art in Amsterdam, streetwear in LA, the tile mosaics of Barcelona, and why I prefer the window seat. The article is now online with photos and commentary on ten recent trips. MWM & WeJetSet Feature.
Digital Temple is a French Magazine focusing on visual culture, design, art, photography, and fashion. The 224-page Issue 3 is called "Union" and features interviews with a bunch of the Keystone Design Union core: Karborn, Esteban, ValpNow, MWM Graphics, Laundry, Phil Toledano, Ben Frost, Si Scott, Annie Woodford, Sruli Recht, Young Meager, and Vera Biryukova. A top shelf publication. *Currently in French, but an English Version is coming soon. View DT #3 Online.
"MWM Graphics is an art & design studio founded by Matt W. Moore, currently based in Portland, Maine. Matt works across disciplines, from colorful illustrations in his signature “Vectorfunk” style, to freeform watercolor paintings, and massive aerosol murals. This show celebrates three different series of recent work in different mediums. Welcome to an exciting world of scrambled geometry and vibrant colors. – MWM’s Solo-Show at THREADLESS Gallery (Chicago) will open on November 7th from 7pm-9pm and Matt will be in attendance."
My friend Samuel Rodriguez (ShortyFatz) just sent word of his most recent endeavor, a new track bike collaboration with Phil Wood. I am in awe of the super clean, exaggerated geometry. Shorty Fatz always comes correct, and this frame is definitely one of my all time favorites. Pre-Orders available now. Nice work guys!
I've started a new series that I am really excited about. Lately I've been thinking about ways I can create handmade work with the same level of precise detail and vibrant color as my digital "Vectorfunk" style. Over the summer I got busy with spraypaint and intricate masking techniques on this series for my 20/20 Show. Recently I have been exploring with origami paper and X-Acto blades. Wicked fun. Very time intensive. After using Adobe Illustrator for years to create geometric abstractions, it is really nice chopping out shapes and literally holding them in my hands. Stay tuned for more from this series. Click-Zoom.
A couple weeks ago I jammed on this diagonal vector illustration for a feature article in last Saturday's London Guardian Newspaper. The article is called "Breaking Into Advertising." and it is definitely worth reading. Here are a couple interesting pull quotes from the article – "If you're just linear, you should, perhaps, be an accountant. Just lateral and maybe you should be in fine arts. But if you're a diagonal thinker, you are equipped to succeed in all the main roles in advertising." – "You need diagonal thinking in advertising to be able to come up with relevant creative ideas and innovative business ideas, and secondly to be able to judge creative ideas. But most of all you need it to manage creative types - often borderline sociopaths who just don't play by the rules." Amen to that. Read full article. Click-Zoom.
The die-cut vinyl mural that I rocked for Persona Boutique in Nashua, New Hampshire has been installed. This was an incredibly complex design to produce (the die-cut machine actually seized up a few times before chugging through all the intricate cuts). We wanted it to be very colorful with lots of detail, and have lots of little see-through gaps so you can tell what is going on inside the boutique. I'll update with a night photo soon so you can see the negative space in full effect. The interior lights really bring the design to life. Click-Zoom.